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Anselmo Moreno-Javier Nicolas Chacon on March 22

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WBA bantamweight titleholder Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno will return to the ring on March 22 against Javier Nicolas Chacon in Panama City, Panama, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz informed on Monday.

A 28-year-old southpaw from San Miguelito, Panama, Moreno (34-2-1, 12 knockouts) was last in the ring for a unanimous decision over William Urina in August that represented the 11th defense of the belt he won by split-decision over Volodymyr Sydorenko in May of 2008.

In victory over Urina, Moreno bounced back from a unanimous decision loss to then-WBC junior featherweight beltholder Abner Mares in November of 2012 during which Moreno was dropped in the fifth round and penalized a point for holding Mares' head down in the 11th.

Moreno lost to Mares 116-110 on two judges' cards and 120-106 on that of the third. It was his first defeat in 27 fights.

"I'm going to Panama for the press conference to announce the fight between Chemito Moreno and Javier Chacon from Argentina. There will be a press conference to announce it on Thursday," said Lewkowicz.

"What happened with Abner Mares is that it was not [Moreno’s] night. He came prepared, but he had a bad night, and all of the infractions that Abner Mares committed, the referee did a very poor job on top of taking a point away from Chemito, which was unjustified."

Chacon (19-1, 4 KOs), 32, has won seven straight, two by stoppage, since being knocked out in the second round by Raul Eliseo Medina in September of 2008.


Photo: Naoki Fukuda